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3 game series vs Phillies @ Minute Maid Park

Philadelphia Phillies
@ Houston Astros

Friday, Apr 9, 2010, 7:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

J.A. Happ vs Bud Norris

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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The Astros will look to put the past behind them this weekend, as they host the Philadelphia Phillies in a three game series. They'll also be going back in time with a Retro Night on Saturday, with both teams wearing uniforms from the 1965 season, the first 10,000 fans getting Colt .45 jerseys and the groundscrew and ushers wearing throwback uniforms. On Sunday, the offenses may roll back to the 1960's as well as Roy Halladay faces off against Roy Oswalt.

The Phillies will come to town after taking two of three from the Washington Nationals. Free agent third baseman Placido Polanco leads the team in hits after the first series, going 7 for 14 with two doubles and a home run. He wasn't alone in having a good offensive series, as all but two of the Phillies regulars hit over .300 against Washington. The two holdouts? Shane Victorino, who is 2 for 13, and Raul Ibanez, who is 1 for 11.

The Astros will face J.A. Happ on Friday night. The 27-year old was second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2009 after going 12-4 with an xFIP of 4.49. His BABiP of .270 means his ERA of 2.49 was actually more a product of luck and good defense. On Saturday, the Astros will face 47-year old Jamie Moyer, who started 25 games last season with an xFIP of 4.74 and a BABiP of .292. The Astros will send a pair of rookies to the hill against the two, with Bud Norris starting on Friday night and Felipe Paulino starting on Saturday.

The Paulino start was a little unexpected, since the off-day Thursday meant the Astros could have started Oswalt on four-days rest instead. However, that would have meant Paulino would not have gotten a start until next weekend. Since the Astros view Paulino as more than a fifth starter long-term, they chose to get him work earlier in the season.

The Phillies bullpen is backed up by closer Ryan Madsen, who is in that role because former Astro Brad Lidge is on the disabled list following offseason shoulder surgery. The rest of the 'pen is a mix of veterans, with Jose Contreras, Danys Baez, Chad Durbin and Nelson Figueroa, joined by two younger players in 25-year old Kenneth Herndon and 24-year old Antonio Bastardo. Both are rookies, though Bastardo did pitch 23 innings in the big leagues in 2009 while Herndon made his first MLB appearance against Washington.


Bud Norris

#20 / Pitcher / Houston Astros

6-0

230

R

R

Mar 02, 1985



J.A. Happ

#43 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-6

200

L

L

Oct 19, 1982


Lineup

Philadelphia Phillies @ Houston Astros

04/09/10 7:05 PM CDT

Philadelphia Phillies Houston Astros
Jimmy Rollins - SS Michael Bourn - CF
Placido Polanco - 2B Jeff Keppinger - 2B
Chase Utley - 3B Hunter Pence - RF
Ryan Howard - 1B Carlos Lee - LF
Jayson Werth - RF Pedro Feliz - 3B
Raul Ibanez - LF Geoff Blum - 1B
Shane Victorino - CF J.R. Towles - C
Carlos Ruiz - C Tommy Manzella - SS
J.A. Happ - P Bud Norris - P

Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Placido Polanco 3 14 5 7 2 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .857
Carlos Ruiz 2 6 2 3 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 .500 .700 .500
Ross Gload 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Cole Hamels 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Jimmy Rollins 3 11 4 5 2 1 0 2 4 2 1 0 .455 .563 .818
Chase Utley 3 12 3 5 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 .417 .563 .500
Ryan Howard 3 15 2 6 1 0 2 6 1 1 0 0 .400 .438 .867
Jayson Werth 3 13 2 4 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .308 .400 .538
Roy Halladay 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Shane Victorino 3 13 2 2 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 .154 .267 .154
Raul Ibanez 3 11 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 0 .091 .267 .091
Brian Schneider 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Greg Dobbs 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000
Ryan Madson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kyle Kendrick 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chad Durbin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Herndon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Danys Baez 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Antonio Bastardo 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nelson Figueroa 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ben Francisco 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000
Jose Contreras 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Antonio Bastardo 0-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.00 1.20
Jose Contreras 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Chad Durbin 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.00 1.00
David Herndon 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 2.25
Ryan Madson 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 1.50
Roy Halladay 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 6 1 1 0 2 9 1.29 1.14
Cole Hamels 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 5 3 2 1 4 5 3.60 1.80
Nelson Figueroa 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1 1 1 0 3 0 4.50 2.00
Kyle Kendrick 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.0 6 5 5 1 0 2 11.25 1.50
Danys Baez 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 0 13.50 3.00

Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Wandy Rodriguez 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Cory Sullivan 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.500
Brett Myers 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Jeff Keppinger 3 7 1 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .429 .556 .714
Pedro Feliz 3 12 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .417
Kazuo Matsui 2 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Humberto Quintero 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Geoff Blum 3 9 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .222 .333
Carlos Lee 3 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Michael Bourn 3 12 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Tommy Manzella 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .286 .167
J.R. Towles 2 8 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .125 .125 .250
Hunter Pence 3 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Johnson 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jason Michaels 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Roy Oswalt 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeff Fulchino 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Lindstrom 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon Lyon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tim Byrdak 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Samuel Gervacio 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Sampson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Moehler 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Matt Lindstrom 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.00
Brandon Lyon 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 .00
Brian Moehler 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.50
Tim Byrdak 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1 1 1 1 1 0 4.50 1.00
Roy Oswalt 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 7 3 3 0 2 3 4.50 1.50
Wandy Rodriguez 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 7 3 3 0 4 4 4.50 1.83
Chris Sampson 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 5.40 1.80
Brett Myers 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 12 4 4 1 1 3 6.00 2.17
Samuel Gervacio 0-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 2 2 1 0 0 2 6.75 1.50
Jeff Fulchino 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 4 4 4 1 1 1 27.00 3.75